College Success Foundation
The College Success Foundation (CSF) was established in the spring of 2000 by Bob Craves and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins to provide college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students. The foundation evolved from former Washington State Governor Gary Locke's 2020 Commission of the Future of Post-Secondary Education, which recommended the establishment of an independent, non-profit organization to build and sustain public understanding of the need for higher levels of educational attainment and lifelong learning.
The Achiever's Program (Grades 11-12)
At Kent-Meridian, we have the pleasure of having the College Success Foundation Achievers Scholars program for juniors (grade 11) and seniors (grade 12). Students who are accepted into the program receive the support and guidance they need to successfully navigate their junior and senior years, including the college admissions/financial aid process and the transition from high school to college. The program has College Preparatory Advisors (CPA's) based in schools, which provide academic advising, college planning information, grade and attendance monitoring, and referrals for additional interventions. Students must also participate in mentoring services provided by CSF's Hometown Mentor program.
Our CPA at Kent-Meridian is Erika Eniciso-Castillo, a Kent-Meridian alumni herself, and Eastern Washington University graduate. You can locate her in the main building in room 210, by phone at (253) 373-7006, or by email at Erika.Enciso-Castillo@kent.k12.wa.us.
The HERO Program (Grades 9-10)
The HERO program for freshmen (grade 9) and sophomores (grade 10) strives to support students in developing good academic behaviors and mindsets that lead to strong performance in school and to be equipped with college and career knowledge. Students who are accepted into the program receive the support and guidance they need to successfully navigate the transition from middle school to high school, manage the academic rigor of high school, and become college-ready. The program has HERO Advisors based in schools, which provide support services such as grade and attendance monitoring, transcript analysis, college visits, leadership development, and college awareness activities. HERO students will be encouraged to apply for the CSF Achievers Scholars program, the next step in the pipeline of supports.
Our HERO advisor at Kent-Meridian is Lysa Tran, a Western Washington University graduate. You can locate her in the main building in room 210, or by phone at (253) 373-7006, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.